I have read the erudite correspondence on the historical irrelevance of the sign and was left wondering – at what age does a building or its sign become of historical interest?
I love the present sign for its character and boldness and would seriously miss it.
I do appreciate what has been achieved with the new shop front, far better than most modern “traditional” efforts, and it unites two disparate buildings quite successfully.
I hope it gets nominated when the Sudbury Society next runs its Alan Phillips Awards scheme.
The proposed sign is also far better than the usual mock traditional effort.
A distinguished planner once said that a town without old buildings is like a man without a memory.
What will happen to the sign? Perhaps it will be sold on eBay – there will be Anchor pubs pleased to display it – but lost to Sudbury as a town memory.
The planning group of Sudbury Society suggested that the original sign could be retained above the original entrance, now blocked, and the modern one placed above the actual shop entrance, that the two could be compatible.
Stand on Market Hill and look down Friars Street and see if you agree.